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A Note on Cashews

This uniquely shaped nut is one of my favorites, and is also one of the lower-fat choices when it comes to mixed nuts. The fat that cashews do contain is rich in oleic acid - the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. Cashews also are a good source of iron and contain copper, essential for the formation of red blood cells, and magnesium, which is vital for healthy bones. One way to get cashews into your diet and boost your energy is with a cashew nut butter sandwich. Start with a slice of fiber-packed wholegrain bread and then top it with cashew butter for a healthy, energy-promoting mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

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Reader Comments (3)

Cashews can also be used in casseroles and nut loafs. I recently tried a vegan lasagna recipe that used ground cashews to add richness to the layers instead of cheese. Excellent!

March 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy Staywell

Thanks, Dr. Weil! Cashews are one of my favorite nuts too! They make amazing non-dairy creamy sauces when blended with other stuff, especially in raw cuisine!

March 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNora

I make RAW Cashew Butter at home and it tastes amazing. You can simply take 2 cups of raw cashews, 1/2 tsp sea salt, and a 1/2 cup of nut oil like sesame or almond oil and throw it in a blender. Blend it up and it's ready to serve. I like to slice up apples and dip them in the Cashew Butter. You'll love it!

P.S. - Here's another great article on nuts -

March 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Josh Axe
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